Contaminated vapes recalled as Oregon regulators notion wider ban

Oregon cannabis consumers would be wise to avoid legal vapes labeled with vague ingredients like “natural flavor,” at least until April. That “natural flavor” can actually be a skin moisturizer ingredient derived from shark liver oil—a substance called squalane, or squalene. Burning it could give you a lung injury. This Thursday, the Oregon Liquor Control…

Combining cannabis with psychedelic mushrooms: Recipe for solutions expansion or a contaminated outing?

It’s not uncommon to find cannabis consumers who also use psychoactive mushrooms, and vice versa. The internet is full of articles about self-administering psilocybin and marijuana together, with anecdotal reports from people who perceive an enhanced effect from the combination. What does the science say about how these two substances affect the consumer when taken…

How does cannabis salvage an affect on hormones that control flee for meals, stress, and fertility?

If a craving for fudge brownies or gummy snakes has ever blindsided you, you’ve likely experienced the power of hormones. In addition to driving desires for certain foods, the body’s many hormones also help fire up the libido, regulate mood, sleep, and even body temperature.  Many know first-hand how cannabis exerts subtle—or not-so-subtle—effects over our…

Can CBD assist athletic efficiency?

For high-level athletes, and those of us who strive to reach such heights, the search for performance-enhancing substances is eternal and challenging. Supplements have to conform to anti-doping laws, be safe, and preferably natural.  Enter CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is currently creating ripples among athletes, who claim benefits as varied as accelerated recovery from injury,…

Vape sales shrug off EVALI epidemic, COVID-19

Americans can’t put down quality vape pens. Sales of the small, battery-powered devices for aerosolizing THC oil shrugged off 2019’s vaping-associated pulmonary injuries (dubbed VAPI, or EVALI). Then vape sales weathered two waves of COVID-19 in 2020. This October, legal vape cartridge and pen sales are back to last year’s peaks, analysts report. Popular to…

What are psychedelics?

Psychedelics are potent psychoactive chemicals or plants that can alter perception, mood, and cognitive processes. Some of the most common psychedelics include psilocybin (found in certain mushrooms), LSD, mescaline (found in San Pedro and peyote cacti), ayahuasca (a brew containing a woody vine and the leaves of the chacruna plant), and DMT (dimethyltryptamine). Mind-altering psychedelic…

Weed rituals: a sinful-cultural connection to gentle

Visiting Varanasi, India, you can’t help but notice the ceremonial pyres burning constantly along the riverbanks. Pilgrims come from all over to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges and observe the sadhus—religious sages who dedicate their lives to meditation and asceticism. These devotional men are known to be avid ceremonial cannabis consumers and…

Sleep gummies: how cannabis comes into play

As more and more people try to catch some precious zzz’s, they’ve turned to aids like sleep gummies to help them land softly on their pillows and stay there. But as the market opens its arms to all the sleepyheads among us, there’s one important decision that people looking for sleep gummies have to answer.…

How to summer time detox with the lend a hand of cannabis

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our lives; and without our favorite ways to shake off unhealthy summer habits, many of us have been left to wonder how we’re going to manage this year’s summer detox. Between shutdowns and social distancing, workouts in the gym have become tougher, and reaching for comfort…

Does cannabis abet or damage the immune blueprint?

Cannabis is celebrated for the benefits it offers in the management of certain medical conditions. As awareness around cannabis grows, consumers are becoming better versed in the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in the treatment of specific autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and gastrointestinal disorders.  But how does cannabis affect the immune system as a whole? If you’re…

Can cannabis be a substitute for prescription medicine?

In order for a prescription drug to reach the market, it must be extensively studied, first in animal and then in human clinical trials. Safety, efficacy, and risks must be determined. But as anyone who has seen a commercial for a prescription drug knows, there are still side effects. There are risks in stopping a…